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Updated December 6, 2017
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  • Cost of Living, Irvine CA is expensive (in 23 reviews)

  • You have to work really hard to exceed expectations which can erode some of the exalted "work-life balance" (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (32)

    "Dream Job: brilliant people, inspiring projects, and a culture of family!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Passionate people
    - Super intelligent colleagues
    - Culture of learning & growing
    - Relaxed, friendly work environment
    - Family-friendly with good work-life balance
    - Stability
    - Excellent benefits
    - People have fun while creating fun for others!

    Cons

    - Compensation is not as competitive as comparable jobs at other companies
    - Cost of living is high
    - Large, risk-averse company means that change happens slowly

    Advice to Management

    Overall the C-suite and senior leadership is doing a fantastic job. Feedback is consistently sought, and they're always looking for ways to level up the company.

    Providing a clearer picture of career progression would be a significant improvement. Additionally, many managers across the company could use training and assistance with providing meaningful, actionable feedback to their reports about their areas of strength and weakness.

    While one of Blizzard's core values is "Gameplay First", it can sometimes feel like employees who are not designers on game teams are second class citizens; continuing to push the "one Blizzard team" initiative and provide opportunities to shine for other disciplines will help combat this feeling.

    Keep up the good work!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "How it should be done."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most companies have "pillars" and then ignore them. Blizzard has cast them in bronze, made them the center of their campus, and focuses on them every day. It doesn't seem like that big of a deal, but when one of your pillars is "Play Nice, Play Fair" it's a refreshing change of pace. At Blizzard, a common phrase that is spoken is "Set them up for success." The idea that in everything we do, we should be setting our co-workers as well as our games up for success. In these ideals Blizzard works at making them a reality, not just saying them.

    Embracing your inner geek, leads to one of the most accepting environments I have ever experienced.

    They work not only on making their games awesome but at making their employees the best they can be, both in work and out of work. They have focuses on health, expanding skills, and having fun with co-workers.

    Cons

    The only con that comes from working for Blizzard is people you meet who ask for free stuff or pester you for changes.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineering internship, had a fantastic time"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Irvine, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great engineering teams doing industry leading work in game development and building platforms for online gaming communities
    - Good mentorship, good work culture
    - Engineers there are long term, very invested in their company and its products

    Cons

    - Sometimes feels like theres too many teams to work between. It can get confusing figuring out who does what
    - Interns don't always get given the most interesting work. There were days where I didn't really have that much to do.
    - Irvine is kind of a boring city.
    -Pay isn't that great for a mid-high COL city

    Advice to Management

    - Allow your interns to explore a wider breadth of projects!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Don't know if I'll ever leave"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Operations Planning Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Global Operations Planning Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very strong culture
    Extremely casual dress
    New ideas are embraced
    Creativity is encouraged
    Play games at work (without getting yelled at)
    Awesome perks (champagne toasts for all launches, cool parties, pubs/beer in the office, sweet swag)

    Cons

    No child-care options
    Pay could be better (not bad, but not "competitive")
    Benefits are so-so, nothing to write home about

    Advice to Management

    Look into better pay, benefits and child-care to give Blizzard a notch up from competitors. Then you'll have all employees on lock.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Starting in Support -> Moved to Business Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Environment is wonderful. Geek or not, you will find others around you that are wonderful to talk to. There are so many days where it almost doesn't even feel like work! Especially as a geek, if you are talking to a customer - you're effectively talking to another gamer just like you. The spirits of everyone, and how teams get along was one of the best things I had experienced.

    - Wear (pretty much) whatever you want. Don't need to be business dressed, or business casual, can wear and wave that favorite t-shirt of yours of your favorite band or game (obviously inappropriate things should be obvious here..). Just be at work, and be presentable. No need for uniforms or looking around for new clothes for a job.

    - So many free benefits - from games, to clothing, to pretty much anything you can imagine (especially as a geek). So if you're a geek, you will love it.

    - Friendly all around the company, and every voice even to the highest (CEO/President) of the company cares for your feedback. Does it mean that ALL of that feedback is going to be implemented, no. But it is wonderful to be able to voice things, and know that others care to hear them. Often times even resulting into some great changes.

    -The company truly values their employees and their feedback. To the point that you will have game-time when available, to test out new aspects of a game that hasn't launched, or other things to help provide insight into what may need to change/improve.

    -Reasonable hours/shifts for about any need. Early day, mid day, nights, etc. And always open on holidays for that double pay if you are scheduled/work for it!

    -Sharing of revenue due to how well the business (and even you) are doing. At least yearly.

    -Not on the phones? Listen to your favorite music all day, be more productive than you could ever imagine, and have your day swing by like nothing!

    -Lots of Growth Opportunities

    -Lots more.... but that is about the summary of it.

    Cons

    -Definitely lower on the pay-scale (even professional level) due to the amount of free perks, etc. So this environment/company may be perfect for some, and not so much for others.
    -Some things are a bit disorganized due to a lot of in-house changes and developments, instead of relying on people to do it for them. (but this isn't necessarily a bad thing either, just can sometimes become frustrating at times if impacting to you).
    -Lots of definition that does not exist for roles, sometimes departments, etc. Causing confusion within responsibilities/expectations, or ensuring the right people are notified/aware of the right things.

    -HIRING PROCESS: This is by far the worst thing I have to complain about. Not only is it incredibly long to even find out if you are hired, but it can sometimes take forever (or never) to even hear if you're going to be interviewed. I'm not sure if denial letters are sent out, but it keeps you on this line of waiting for something to happen that you want/interested in, but have no idea what the hell is going on on their end. Feedback/status updates of the process would be helpful so that if denials happen, you know when to move on, or if not, you know to expect something like unknown callers, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Please Please Please PLEASE consider improving the hiring process. It is so painful to have that resume/cover letter submitted, and then never hear ANYTHING. Did I get denied? I have no idea. Has it even been read? i have no idea. Am i a potential candidate? I have no idea!!!

    The process is long enough as it is, having some feedback intervals would be very helpful.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "My Dream Come True Working at Blizzard Entertainment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Culture and Core Values
    - Leadership
    - Excellent Benefits

    Cons

    - Cost of Living, Irvine CA is expensive.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Amazing Company, with amazing growth, and the opportunity to be apart of a gaming company that cares about its players"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer I in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer I in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cutting Edge software development (roughly a new thing here at Blizzard)

    Amazing staff, and peers. You will feel like a family with your team and Blizzard has tons of team building events on most teams. Some teams are excluded from this by personal preference.

    Great & competitive pay for the SoCal area, not what you could make at a non gaming company in SEA or SF but definitely good for Irvine (Engineering perspective only)

    Profit sharing, this is awesome, everyone at Blizzard gets profit sharing if you are a full-time employee of Blizzard. The closer you are to games and the more seniority you have the higher your share will be, but everyone gets something!

    On-campus classes to learn and expand your skills, this has been growing now for some time with more and more classes becoming available.

    Tons of swag, access to Activision games as well, and being apart of the numerous Activision / Blizzard events hosted by the companies.

    Cons

    Large corporation politics, you will need to play nice and play fair, but also play the political game. Mostly meaning that knowing and befriending the right person can generally secure you a promotion. Hard work doesn't go unnoticed, but can be over shadowed due to nepotism or relationships.

    The numerous amount of teams and lack of alignment between game teams, services teams, and web and mobile teams, can make it hard to know what is what. This also makes it difficult to incite change or purpose change due to the sheer number of dependencies needed.

    Your personal growth within the company can be a bit of confusion. Most of your managers don't really understand growth within the company, or your path for promotion. Most people will tell you to speak to your manager but the managers themselves fail to understand the organizational structure. Halting you dead in your tracks! If you want to climb the ladder here, be prepared to do your home work and proactively look for opportunities they won't come to you.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to teach lower management how to incentivize employees to get promotions or raises. Lower management doesn't understand this process as it can be very complex.

    Ben Kilgore, keep working on aligning all of the teams in terms of technology and development practices. We have a long way to go but you're killing it on getting us there.

    Mike, start incentivizing people to come up with quality game ideas. Currently there is no way for people to present ideas at Blizzard and forces them to do this on their off time which ends up costing or losing Blizzard talent, ideas and potential revenue.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, Widely Varying Management Quality Hurts Work Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company "cares" about its employees - good benefits, bonuses
    Great culture if you are a gamer / nerd
    Smart co-workers - especially engineers
    Great place for engineers
    Great work-life balance

    Cons

    I speak only for BNET - all departments are different.
    - Company's "Relationship Based Culture" means that lots of politics are involved
    - BNET has a long history of Engineering dominance. Heavy Engineering against Program Management culture (undercurrent but very real). I have seen it affect a couple of careers.
    - Aside from the truly politically gifted, growth is limited. Company just wants you to be good at your job and be happy.
    - Department seems volatile in terms of job turnover compared to other parts of the company
    - Some managers hired do not practice "Blizzard Culture" or they themselves are too different to follow it even if they try. This brings toxicity to the teams and hurts work experience for all involved.
    - Culture and values are great, but is not applied to everyone.

    Advice to Management

    - Hire true gamers for BNET. While hiring non-gamers may seem great on paper, my opinion is they are less likely to be able to exhibit as much Blizzard culture as the true gamers. They have higher chance to become a liability medium to long term.


  9. "Embedded test analyst, Battle.net, Overwatch"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Test Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Test Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic company that cares for its employees and creating record-breaking quality games. Feels like a family! Very progressive and dedicated to diversity.

    Cons

    Pay could be a bit better. Still growing rapidly, making for challenges that can be frustrating. Very busy at times.

    Advice to Management

    Please continue listening to your employees, it works!


  10. "Great People, Great Place"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Irvine, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, spent a lot of time with my team going out to lunch, everyone embraced their inner geek.

    Cons

    Size of team made it hard to have individual impact


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